She emerged from the house a star. Resplendent, beautiful – the center of all attention in the moment she was never supposed to reach.
Prom Night, 2019. Gabby Horner-Shepherd peeked her head timidly from the white door of her home in Port Dover, Ont., a town of about 6,000 along the northern shore of Lake Erie. She was 21, a new high school graduate, a young woman anxiously approaching her date for the night. It all seemed perfectly normal, if it weren’t so obvious that this was an occasion anything but ordinary.
She strode forward across the front walkway, uneasy at first, still feeling out the small audience that awaited her, the tall, handsome, troubled hockey player there to take her hand. Gabby’s light brown hair fell down either side of her, freshly painted blue nails the perfect c...
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